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New Arla guide explains the importance of milk

Press release   •   Jun 12, 2015 10:32 BST

A glass of whole milk (250ml) can provide 90% of the needed daily intake of vitamin B12, 17% of the recommended daily intake of protein and 38% of the recommended daily intake of calcium 

Arla Foods, the farmer-owned dairy company, has created a new guide, developed to help provide a better understanding of the benefits of dairy, and milk in particular.

The guide was created as part of Arla’s multi-million pound campaign to start to build value in its healthier product portfolio to households across the UK.  It extols the benefits of milk, and counteracts the common misconceptions about dairy using the latest nutritional information and guidelines recommended in the UK.

It also outlines why milk is recommended as part of a varied diet and balanced lifestyle, including the important role its nutrients play in healthy eating for every life stage, for example, during the teenage years, when calcium demands are higher as bones develop quickly.  Equally, in older age, a glass of milk can make a difference as it provides more than 30% of the recommended intake of vitamins B2 and B12 which can both help reduce fatigue and tiredness.

Sarah Baldwin, Vice President, Marketing, Arla Foods UK, said:

“Even though dairy is an important part of a healthy and balanced diet people can be confused about its benefits. Dairy is rich in nutrients and we felt there was a good opportunity to be clear on the important roles these play in healthy eating for every life stage.Our guide helps everyone understand the benefits of dairy.”

The guide is available to download by clicking here or go to

Arla Foods is a global dairy company and co-operative owned by 13,500 dairy farmers circa 3,000 of whom are British. 

Dating back to 1881, Arla’s purpose is to secure the highest value for its farmers’ milk, while creating opportunities for their growth. With production facilities in 11 countries and sales offices in a further 30, Arla is the world’s fifth largest dairy company and largest supplier of organic dairy products.  Arla has a total of more than 18,000 colleagues and its products are sold under the well-known brands Arla®, Lurpak® and Castello® in more than 100 countries.

Arla Foods UK is the largest dairy company in the country and is home to leading dairy brands Anchor, Cravendale, and Lactofree. It has a turnover of £2.3 billion. As well as being number one in fresh liquid milk, butter, spreads and cream, Arla is the UK’s largest cheese manufacturer. It has also built the world’s largest fresh milk facility located at Aylesbury and has plans for it to be the first zero carbon site of its kind. The UK business has a team of approximately 3,500 colleagues located at its dairies, distribution centres and head office.